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Cloud Storage – iCloud Drive

Apple’s offering in the world of cloud storage, while a pretty standard offering in terms of features, is worth an honourable mention on our list, for several reasons. It’s integrated directly into your device if you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later, or a Mac. It works seamlessly with iOS as you might expect, allowing you to email documents or files from it, or save directly to it.

You can also browse and choose to save files directly to your device. If you choose to purchase more than the standard free 5GB that you get for signing up for an Apple ID, (price plans start from £0.79/mo for 50GB,) you can also use the space to make additional backups to restore your iOS devices, and store your photos in iPhoto.

It is mainly useful for those with one, or multiple, devices running iOS, especially if they also own a Mac device, as it is also integrated with MacOS by default, in much the same way that OneDrive integrates with Windows. There is also a Windows client, but unfortunately Android users will have to use the browser-based option as, perhaps as you might expect, there is no app for Android.

As an Apple service, iCloud Drive is also designed to be incredibly easy to use, especially for those who are not as comfortable with some of the more complex options. All of its apps are easy to use and straightforward, with few unnecessary options that might be confusing for some.

Here’s what we think are the best features of iCloud:

  • User-friendly; very easy to use,
  • Integrated with iOS and MacOS,
  • App for Windows,
  • Affordable price plans for those wanting to store extra photos or files from their devices,
  • Reliable service,
  • Accessible from a browser,
  • Secure access and two-factor authentication,
  • Smartly designed apps in keeping with Apple’s design themes.

It is a pretty standard service when compared to others with more advanced features, but its strength lies in its simplicity; it is very easy to use, especially for those who may only need a simple, personal cloud storage option, rather than one that allows for more customisation and so is better suited for business use.

For more information or advice on cloud storage and cloud computing for your business, give Geek-Guru a call on 0121 227 0439 or drop us an email at info@geek-guru.co.uk
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